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Rep. Tom Huntley of Duluth listens to testimony Thursday during a Minnesota House hearing about the use of methadone to treat addiction to illegal drugs. Forum Communications photo by Don Davis

Methadone might come under closer supervision in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators likely will debate proposals next year to slap tighter supervision on the use of the potent drug methadone, used to treat pain and addictions to illegal drugs such as heroin.

However, key backers of the legislation say the Legislature should leave up to medical experts the controversial question of whether methadone ought to be prescribed.

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